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The Year In Review 2022

Full Pelt Music looks back on 2022 for our Year In Review

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It’s been another big revival year for the music industry following the pandemic years, and it’s been another year of growth for us at Full Pelt Music! We’ve reviewed 67 albums, 7 EP’s, 6 festivals and 38 gigs in 2022 as some level of normality or even stability has returned to our industry.

That said, there are still many issues facing the industry with livelihoods, venues and organisations at risk for a plethora of reasons. Whilst government action is required in many places, what we as fans can do is support the industry with our money. Times are tough for us all, but purchasing an album, buying a t-shirt, nabbing a ticket and grabbing a drink whilst at a gig does so much to support the industry that we love.

Our two great Podcasts have continued to grow and highlights this year came from guests such as Blood Red Shoes, The Treatment, Skinny Lister, Daytime TV, Pet Needs, The Ninth Wave, Sunflower Bean, James and the Cold Gun, Guise, October Drift, BERRIES, Asylums, As Sirens Fall and Jamie Lenman! We’ve already got some fantastic guests lined up for 2023, so ensure you subscribe and follow us across Social Media!

In our now annual end of year awards we’ll be giving out seven hotly contested awards looking at both the recorded and live sides of the industry. Adding to our well established Album of the Year award this year will be the new EP of the Year award. We’ll also once again be revealing our Single of the Year. All awards have seen fierce competition, as once again it’s been a high quality year for new releases.

On the live side of things, we’ll announce both our Gig and Festival of the Year awards. This year of course provided our first full calendar of music since 2019! We were able to witness many great performances this year and we can’t wait to share with you are favourites.

Lastly we’ll look at the artists who’ve had special years as we award our Artist and ‘Discover’ New Artist of the Year awards. So without further ado, let’s work through those award catagories!

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

It has been a truly magnificent year for album releases and getting a spot anywhere in our Top 50 was hard enough but in particular the Top 10 was incredibly tightly fought. You can read the full list here.

‘IMPERA’ from Ghost was able to take the crown this year but any of the top 10 could’ve taken that spot. ‘Reeling’ from The Mysterines in particular would likely have won in any other year, but the majesty and magnificence of ‘IMPERA’ proved unbeatable.

Winner:

‘Impera’ by Ghost

The contenders:

‘Reeling’ by The Mysterines, ‘FTHC’ by Frank Turner, ‘Skinty Fia’ by Fontaines D.C. & ‘The Price of Life’ by Bob Vylan

Previous Winners:

2021 – ‘Blue Weekend’ by Wolf Alice
2020 – ‘Ultra Mono’ by IDLES

EP OF THE YEAR

For the first time this year, we are separating EP’s out of our main award and giving them their own pedestal. That alone is the truest compliment to the quality of EP’s on offer this year.

Again, all EP’s in our top 5 are worthy of the number one spot, but it’s ‘coming of (r)age’ from As Sirens Fall that pips it. Catchy as hell single, ‘heaven (spat us back out)’, helps elevate the release to be crowed our first ever EP of the Year.

Winner:

‘coming of (r)age’ by As Sirens Fall

The contenders:

‘False Start’ by James and the Cold Gun, ‘SCP’ by Oakman, ‘Tyrants’ by IOTA and ‘BLACKGOLD’ by BLACKGOLD

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

We look now at our Single or Song of the Year. In considering the award this year we’ve considered the ear worms that have stayed with us after live performances. We’ve also pondered which songs instantly struck a chord and created a buzz of excitement for the albums and live shows that would follow.

Songs which fell into both of these considerations competed for the award and it was again a tight decision, but ultimately for us this year ‘Dangerous’ from The Mysterines has not just ticked both boxes but also remained on heavy rotation throughout the year despite being an early arrival in 2022. That’s why that track is our 2022 Single of the Year!

Check out the winning single below:

The Mysterines – ‘Dangerous’
Winner:

‘Dangerous’ by The Mysterines

The contenders:

‘Talk Hard’ by Jamie Lenman, ‘Compliance’ by Muse, ‘Wicked Ways’ by Halestorm, ‘Spillways’ by Ghost

Previous Winners:

2021 – ‘Test of our Resolve’ from Press To MECO
2020 – ‘Obey’ by Bring Me The Horizon feat. Yungblud

FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR

2022 was the first full festival season since 2019 and what a return it was. All eyes were on Glastonbury once again, British Summer Time curated a stunning line-up, Download Festival breathed fire and 2000trees was able to remind everyone what’s so great about smaller festivals.

Our winner this year though is Reading & Leeds who went big, sold out and delivered an action packed weekend even with the huge loss of Rage Against The Machine amongst others. Always a perennial contender for this award, 2022 felt like the year the event reclaimed its identity.

Read our review of Reading Festival Saturday

Winner:

Reading & Leeds

The contenders:

Glastonbury Festival, British Summer Time, Download Festival, 2000trees Festival

Previous Winners:

2021 – Download Pilot Festival
2020 – Wild Fields Festival

GIG OF THE YEAR

We’ve reviewed many gigs this year but in reality there could only ever be one winner. Rammstein’s tour is less of a concert and more of an experience; one that everyone, fan of the band or not, should experience at least once.

Beyond that there was still some incredible, top tier gigs in 2022 and our contenders are all worthy of glory, but Rammstein are currently on a whole different level.

Read our review of Rammstein live in Coventry

Winner:

Rammstein @ Coventry Arena

The contenders:

Royal Blood @ O2 Arena, London, Ghost @ Resorts World Arena, Birmingham, Muse @ Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, London, The Killers @ Carrow Road, Norwich, The Hella Mega Tour @ London Stadium, London, Creeper @ Roundhouse, London, Idlewild @ O2 Kentish Town Forum, London

Previous Winners:

2021 – Bring Me The Horizon @ O2 Arena, London
2020 – Frank Turner @ Arboretum, Nottingham

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Artist of the Year now and for this award we look for somebody who has had a huge, perhaps even career-defining year. Previous winners Frank Turner and Biffy Clyro have done so by delivering incredible feats, far above the norm.

This year was a big year for many acts, but we’ve gone for Bring Me The Horizon as a band that have had a career-defining twelve months. Long tipped as festival headliners at a major event, many felt that the time would never come for one of the best live bands on the planet. Big releases, sold-out tours, no matter what the group did they never seemed to be given that torch, that is until this year!

Watching Bring Me The Horizon step up and headline at Reading & Leeds this summer felt like a real moment, not just for the band but for the whole scene. For any metal band, let alone one once considered so unfashionable to headline the biggest festivals in the UK is massive.

Already announced to finally headline Download Festival in 2023, 2022 will forever be linked for Bring Me The Horizon to taking that final career-defining set. Throw in their genre-defying collaboration with Ed Sheeran, 2022’s Artist of the Year had to be Bring Me The Horizon.

Winner:

Bring Me The Horizon

The contenders:

Ghost, Rammstein, Biffy Clyro, Muse

Previous Winners:

2021 – Biffy Clyro
2020 – Frank Turner

‘DISCOVER’ NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

As a publication we always want to put new music at the heart of what we do, and that’s why our final award is perhaps our most important! Our ‘Discover’ New Artist of the Year is awarded to the act we’ve chosen to highlight on our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist and Podcast who we feel has made the biggest impact this year.

At the beginning of 2022 we put the spotlight on new Colchester act PET NEEDS as they continued to promote their debut album, ‘Fractured Party Music’. From that point on the band never looked back with a world tour, a second album (‘Primtime Entertainment’) and a sold out hometown show all under their belts.

They even found the time to become the first (and only at the time of writing) band to progress from our ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast and appear on The Full Pelt Music Podcast! Yes, fighting off some stiff competition for the ‘Discover’ New Artist of the Year award in 2022 is PET NEEDS!

Winners:

PET NEEDS

The Contenders:

BERRIES, As Sirens Fall, Oakman, James and the Cold Gun, Daytime TV, MOSKITO

Previous Winners:

2020 – Miss Vincent

So, that’s it! Another year in the record books, it’s been another difficult year and it has again been particularly tough on the music industry. That said, we’ve had a full year of live music for the first time since 2019 and the creative juices remain flowing with some absolutely stunning new releases over the past twelve months.

Below you can enjoy some of our favourite gig photos of the year courtesy of our wonderful photographer Denis!

All 📸 (c) Denis Gorbatov / Full Pelt Music

We hope you’ve enjoyed our The Year in Review 2022 and we wish you a very Happy New Year. Here’s hoping 2023 is a good one!

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‘Tyrants’ is the debut EP from Bristol’s IOTA, who featured on our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist back in July with their single, ‘Take It’. Four new tracks feature on this short but expansive record as the band stretch their creative legs.

The signs have been there for a while that this band can be something special and from opening track, ‘Demons’, it’s immediately apparent that this EP is a real statement from the band. Abrasive and packed full of angst, each track feels like a release from a group ready to explode.

The whole sound of the band is huge on this EP and singer Jodie Robinson really excels, with her delivery a real highlight of each track. ‘Ballet Box’, ‘Sometimes’ and ‘Control’ which make up the rest of the record evidence the progress that IOTA have made clearly – this is a band capable of breaking out in a big way!

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Blink-182 reunite for World Tour

Welcome everyone to another edition of our weekly music News Report!

We start this week with the sensational news that Tom, Mark and Travis are reunited together again and Blink-182 will be heading out on a huge world tour in 2023!

In the UK that equates to an arena run taking in Glasgow, Belfast, Birmingham, Manchester and two shows in London. UK support comes from The Story So Far.

The trio also debuted new track, ‘Edging’, which you can check out below and revealed a new album is on the way.

Blink-182 – ‘Edging’

Tickets and pre-orders are here.

Check our ‘Edging’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Frank Turner extends his ‘Never Ending Tour of Everywhere’

Frank Turner this week finished up his current tour and immediately revealed the continuation of ‘The Never Ending Tour of Everywhere’ into next year.

Joining Turner in January and February will be guests Lottery Winners and Wilswood Buoys.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Frank Turner live in Cambridge

Yard Act announce 2023 live dates

Our News Report continues with news from the Yard Act camp. Bringing an end to their hugely successful campaign for debut album, ‘The Overload’, the group have revealed four special live dates next year.

The run will conclude with their biggest headline date so far at the legendary Brixton Academy!

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘The Overload’ from Yard Act

Holding Absence announce ‘Live & In Monochrome’ Tour

Holding Absence this week announced their 2023 ‘Live & In Monochrome’ tour which will see the band playing intimate venues across the UK.

Support for the tour comes from Void of Vision.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘The Greatest Mistake of My Life’ from Holding Absence

Stone Broken announce ‘Come Closer’ UK Tour

Another band targeting some pretty intimate venues for their next UK tour are Stone Broken who this week announced details of their ‘Come Closer’ tour set for February next year.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Revelation’ from Stone Broken

Hot Milk announce headline shows

Hot Milk have revealed details of two special ‘England’s Screaming’ shows in February next year.

The band will be headlining dates in London and Manchester with support from As December Falls, Jools and Clarence.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Download Pilot Festival

Inhaler reveal UK Tour

Inhaler this week revealed details of a full UK Tour heading across into next year.

The band will be releasing new album, ‘Cuts & Bruises’ on February 17th.

Pre-orders and tickets here.

Read our review of ‘Burn The Empire’ from The Snuts

Stone set for spring UK Tour

Our News Report continues with news that rising indie rock stars Stone have announced that they will hit the road next April for a run of nine dates.

Tickets are here.

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band reveal UK dates

The final tour announcement in our News Report this week comes from guitar slinger Kenny Wayne Shepherd! Shepherd and band will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of ‘Trouble Is…’.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Pawns & Kings’ from Alter Bridge

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Bloodstock makes line-up additions

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One single piece of festival news for our News Report this week as Derbyshire metal event Bloodstock updates their line-up for next Summer.

Amongst others the event is set to feature Killswitch Engage, Megadeth, In Flames, Anthrax, Ugly Kid Joe, Knocked Loose, Zeal & Ardor and Nonpoint.

Tickets are here.

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Architects debut ‘a new moral low ground’

Architects – ‘a new moral low ground’

We move our News Report on now to the best new releases from the past week and we begin with Architects!

The band continue to get ready for the release of their new album, ‘the classic symptoms of a broken spirit’, which is out October 21st.

This week they debuted a brand new single, ‘a new moral low ground’, which you can check out above.

Pre-order your album here.

Read our review of Architects live in Norwich

Rival Sons debut ‘Nobody Wants To Die’

Rival Sons – ‘Nobody Wants To Die’

This week saw Rival Sons return with news that they will be releasing a new album, ‘Darkfighter’ on March 10th.

The group also debuted their brand new single, ‘Nobody Wants To Die’, which you can listen to above.

Regarding ‘Nobody Wants to Die’, vocalist Jay Buchanan shares, “You live your life knowing that the sword of Damocles is hanging over your head by a thread. You’re fully aware of the impermanence of your existence, but you can’t think about it all the time—or it’ll fuck your life up.

I used to work in a mortuary as a service advisor for a few years, driving and opening the hearses. I’d attend three funerals per day. Sometimes, they would be filled over capacity. Other times, it would just be me, a priest, and a hole in the ground. It doesn’t matter who you are; the great equalizer is coming. I was thinking of this because the music sounded like pursuit.”
 
Elaborating on the genesis of ‘Darkfighter’, Buchanan notes, “’Darkfighter’ represents the cultural mitosis of isolation, the Pandemic, and the national fabric of the US getting looser and looser. When I say ‘Cultural Mitosis’, there are lines being drawn constantly. We’re so divided, and you can’t step over the lines without offending someone. It certainly informed my writing.

We recognized a responsibility to put a good word on people’s ears so there’s a good word coming back on their tongues too. We missed the joy of the live show and that magical interaction. When it was taken from us, that made me want to sing about topics that were important. There are strong themes on this record of loss of identity, preservation of joy, and beholding light and shape again.”
 
Lead guitarist Scott Holiday added, “Records are a healthy form of escapism. I hope this one takes you as far away as possible. Our intent was to create a cinematic body of work. As soon as the doors shut behind you, you’re enveloped on the ride. This is the sound of us really coming into our own. We’ve gotten further from our influences and gotten closer to what we are. ‘Darkfighter’ sounds like the Rival Sons.”

Pre-order your copy here.

Read our review of Rival Sons live in Norwich

Tigercub share ‘The Perfume of Decay’

Tigercub – ‘The Perfume of Decay’

This week saw Tigercub return with their new single, ‘The Perfume of Decay’, which you can listen to above.

The track marks Tigercub’s debut release for Loosegroove Records, the label co-founded by Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard, a longtime champion of the band.
 
They say comparison is the thief of joy,” says Tigercub’s 7-foot frontman Jamie Hall, and nowhere is this more acutely felt than on the internet; the public ledger where I must amend my social cv daily, to portray my life to others in the most rose tinted & ineffable way possible. The reality couldn’t be further from the truth of course, beneath this facade I am crumbling, cascading into despair and at odds with my emotions. ‘The Perfume of Decay’ is my expression of this feeling, an argument between affectation and naturalness. It marks the beginning of a new era for us – this is Tigercub at its heaviest, its most accomplished, and most unapologetic.
 
“Jamie Hall is not only an incredible songwriter, singer, and fucking wicked guitarist,” says Stone Gossard, but he also has a deep understanding of art and music history. This guy dabbles in it all — visual arts, digital media, world history. This band is generational, and Jamie’s a natural star. Loosegroove couldn’t be happier working with Tigercub.

It’s all about opposites,” Jamie Hall says. “Sweet-and-salty popcorn tends to taste better than regular popcorn, even though those are two opposing forces. I wanted to nail that concept with our heavy guitars, softer-sung vocals, Can-style grooves, and a bit of shoegaze. Counterpoints can come together and make a powerful connection. I’ve crossed the threshold from my 20s to my 30s, so I’m getting older, but I’m also entering my prime. This record is a reflection of that.”

More from the band here.

Read our review of Pearl Jam live at BST Hyde Park

Pulled Apart By Horses share video for ‘Rinse & Repeat’

Pulled Apart By Horses – ‘Rinse & Repeat’

Pulled Apart By Horses this week shared the video for their single, ‘Rinse & Repeat’, which you can watch above. The track comes from new album, ‘Reality Cheques’, which is out now!

Commenting on the track, vocalist Tom Hudson says the single is “an ode to all that have found themselves trapped in the darker corners of the music industry. The repetitive whirring of the machine. A spanner in the works of the daily grind. A helping hand to break out of a vicious cycle. The realisation that they need you more than you need them. Inspired by seeing Ziggy Stardust stood in line at the jobcentre. More punk rock than Iggy advertising life insurance.”

Buy the album here.

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Witch Fever debut ‘Beauty and Grace’

Witch Fever – ‘Beauty and Grace’

There was also more new music this week from Witch Fever. The group debuted new single, ‘Beauty and Grace’, which you can check out above.

The track features on debut album, ‘Congregation’, which is out October 21st.

Singer Amy Walpole says of the track, “‘Beauty and Grace’ ended up being the dark horse of the record! Before we went into the studio it wasn’t one of our faves but Sam really brought it out of its shell! The song is about pushing back against oppressive feminine beauty standards whilst also finding a place for femininity that you enjoy and makes you feel powerful !! Femininity is not a weakness, as much as society may tell you it is! If it empowers you and brings you joy it’s a strength!”

Pre-order the album here.

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Dream State return with new line-up and new single ‘Taunt Me’

Dream State – ‘Taunt Me’

Following a period of uncertainty, this week saw the spectacular return of Dream State! With a fresh line-up, the group debuted their brand new single, ‘Taunt Me’, which you can check out above.

More from the band here.

Listen to ‘Taunt Me’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Black Sky Research debut ‘Utopia’

Black Sky Research – ‘Utopia’

Another group returning this week were Black Sky Research. The band debuted their latest track, ‘Utopia’, which you can check out above.

More from the band here.

Read our review of ‘One’ from Black Sky Research

The Sleeping Souls debut ‘Liar Lover’

The Sleeping Souls – ‘Liar Lover’

The final new release in our News Report this week comes from The Sleeping Souls! Usually seen backing Frank Turner, the group have stepped out with touring buddy Cahir on vocals.

‘Liar Lover’ is the first sample of what to expect from the band in this guise, and you can check it out above.

More here.

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Other Half – ‘Slab Thick’

Norwich-based post-hardcore outfit Other Half have debuted new track ‘Slab Thick’.

Commenting on the video, the band say: “BSM wanted a high-concept, high-production pop video to help shift some serious units so we wrangled the few dogs we know and the one cat we own to produce three and a half minutes of visual magic.”

“We like doing everything ourselves; for DIY punk kudos and because we’re tight and awkward, so it was fun figuring out how to make it look like we’re all playing in a room together even when one of us was filming the whole time.”

“For the second part of the video we had next to nothing and were filming some pretty shudder-inducing stuff in the local park when our friend’s Roya and Charlie walked past with their dogs; Daisy and Lily. Never one to miss a free opportunity for content, we scooped those dogs up, spun around a bit and sung at the camera. Rinse, repeat and the rest is history. Thanks to all the nice animals that starred alongside us.”

IOTA – ‘Ballet Box’

‘Ballet Box’, the latest single from Bristol-based rock five-piece IOTA is out now.

Explaining the inspiration behind the single, vocalist and lyricist Jodie Robinson explains, “Its about a ballerina inside of a jewellery box coming to life as the box closes. Inspired by the thought of the ‘object’ coming to life and how they’d never know what it was like to be outside of that box and nobody would ever know that they were alive. There was a play on the element of control and feeling trapped, fighting with that part of your mind. It’s very much a song about ‘Is there more to life and can we fulfil that void’.”

Blue Violet – ‘Favourite Jeans’

Blue Violet follow up debut album with new single, ‘Favourite Jeans’.

“For all of the chaos and hardships that Covid brought to the world it also provide ample time for people to be creative” reflects singer Sarah Gotley of the ‘Love, Hate & Forgiveness’ EP. “So although we only released our debut album in April this year we wanted to bring out some of the music that we’d been working on in that time”.

Listen, Follow and Discover your new favourite act now with our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist

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Coldplay announce new UK Stadium shows

Welcome everyone to another edition of our weekly music News Report!

We start this week with the best tour announcements from the last seven days and that begins with more huge stadium shows from Coldplay.

After the success of their ‘Music of the Spheres’ stadium tour this summer, the band have revealed that they will return with multiple shows in both Manchester and Cardiff in 2023!

Tickets are here.

Read our review of All Points East featuring Gorillaz

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott plot new Arena Tour

Up next are Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott who will be hitting arenas across the UK this Autumn. Support on the lengthy run comes from Billy Bragg.

Heaton & Abbott will release new album, ‘N.K-Pop’, on 7th October.

Pre-orders and Tickets are here.

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KT Tunstall reveals new Tour

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Another artist with new tour dates to reveal this past week was KT Tunstall. Tunstall will be hitting the road hard early next year along with special guest Andy Burrows.

Tunstall’s new album, ‘NUT’, is out September 9th.

Pre-orders and Tickets are here.

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Himalayas announce UK Tour

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Rounding out the tour announcements in our News Report this week are Himalayas who have revealed that they will head out around the UK later this year.

Tickets are here.

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Arctic Monkeys announce new album ‘The Car’

We move our News Report onwards now to the best new releases from the past week. Arctic Monkeys have announced their long-awaited new album, ‘The Car’, will be out October 21st!

Pre-order your copy here.

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Muse debut video for ‘YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE IT’S HALLOWEEN’

Muse – ‘YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE IT’S HALLOWEEN’

The week saw Muse release new album, ‘WILL OF THE PEOPLE’, on which Matt Bellamy says:

“Will Of The People was created in Los Angeles and London and is influenced by the increasing uncertainty and instability in the world.  A pandemic, new wars in Europe, massive protests & riots, an attempted insurrection, Western democracy wavering, rising authoritarianism, wildfires and natural disasters and the destabilization of the global order all informed Will Of The People.  

It has been a worrying and scary time for all of us as the Western empire and the natural world, which have cradled us for so long are genuinely threatened. This album is a personal navigation through those fears and preparation for what comes next.”

Muse also debuted the new video for single, ‘YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE IT’S HALLOWEEN’, which you can check out above.

Get the album here.

Read our review of Muse live in London

The Amazons share ‘There’s A Light’ video

The Amazons – ‘There’s A Light’

The Amazons continue to work towards the release of their new album, ‘How Will I Know If Heaven Will Find Me?’, on September 9th.

This week the band shared the video for new track, ‘There’s A Light’, which you can check out above.

Pre-order your copy here.

Read our review of The Amazons with Royal Blood live in London

Alien Weaponry debut video for ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’

Alien Weaponry – ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’

We continue our News Report with Alien Weaponry who have shared a video for ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ taken from their ‘Tangaroa’ album.

“This was an absolute blast to film! ‘Down The Rabbit Hole’ represents the growth I’ve experienced throughout my life and putting to bed demons from the past. The video captures the meaning well – the broken objects representing said demons. It’s the rough times in life that make you who you are, as long as you rise above it.” – Lewis de Jong

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The Virginmarys debut new single ‘Devil Keeps Coming’

The Virginmarys – ‘Devil Keeps Coming’

There was new music forthcoming this week from The Virginmarys as the duo debuted new single, ‘Devil Keeps Coming’, which you can check out above.

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Read our review of The Virginmarys with Ricky Warwick live in Norwich

Ayron Jones shares new single ‘Filthy’

Ayron Jones – ‘Filthy’

Ayron Jones debuted new single, ‘Filthy’, this week which you can listen to above.

“Where I’m from the word ‘Filthy’ is used as the highest compliment in the land. It means that you are so good at what you do and who you are that it should be a sin,” shared Jones. “That’s what was on my mind when I began working on this song. I wanted to celebrate counterculture and promote pride in what means to be considered ‘different.’”

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Eva Under Fire reveal album release date

Eva Under Fire – ‘Blow’

This week saw Eva Under Fire reveal the release dates for their highly anticipated debut album, ‘Love, Drugs & Misery’, which will arrive September 23rd.

Thrilled to be sharing the news, lead singer Eva Marie said, “We’re super excited to finally be releasing our album Love, Drugs & Misery. We can’t wait to show you guys the full scope of what we’ve been working on for so long. It was kind of a wild ride because when we’d completed the record, we were super proud of it, it was some of our best writing to date, and then the world shut down. It’s been long-awaited, much-anticipated, and there’s so much heart and soul in this record. I can’t wait for you guys to experience it with us.”

Pre-order your copy here.

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Novacub debut ‘You Like Girls’

Novacub – ‘You Like Girls’

Novacub had new music to share this week with the debut of new track, ‘You Like Girls’, which you can listen to above.

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IOTA debut new single ‘Sometimes’

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Recent guests on our ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast guests IOTA returned this week with a new single, ‘Sometimes’.

Speaking about the single, vocalist Jodie Robinson states, “This song was written about a loved one after a freak accident that I witnessed. It really put everything into perspective and threw me into a realm of gratitude with a whole new found respect for having that person in my life. It’s a love letter to this person and a reminder to appreciate what you have before it’s too late.”

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As always we conclude our News Report with the latest additions to our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist!

Final Stair – ‘Never Felt Before’

‘Never Felt Before’ is the new single from Final Stair who release debut album, ‘Hope’ on September 30th.

The band comments: “ Never Felt Before is about the passionate attraction between two people. It’s about a special moment. You can feel the excitement at first glance. Your hands are starting to sweat and your stomach is tingling. They both have the same overwhelming feelings towards each other that just can’t be described. You’ve just never experienced anything like it.

When we wrote the song, we didn’t have to think twice. We realized very quickly that this song describes the topic of passion very well, as it rushes forward uncompromisingly from start to finish, is incredibly intense and hardly leaves any time to breathe.”

Northern Captives – ‘Every High’

‘Every High’ is the latest track from Northern Captives.

“Musically we wanted this song to push the dynamics to far extremes. We boiled down our verses to just kick, snare, bass, and vocals to match the intimacy of Cook’s lyrics. We kept drum parts very percussive, staying away from unnecessary ringing crashes allowed us to sonically explore low fi and broken textural sounds which would normally have been lost under cymbals.

We allowed the choruses to explode into a rich and dark sounding textural wall featuring distorted guitars and keys that amplified the desperation in the hook line ‘why must every high come down? Won’t you stay around?’” – Northern Captives

Dohny Jep – ‘Wine And Dine’

Kent-based alternative-rock trio Dohny Jep share new single, ‘Wine And Dine’.

. “Wine and Dine in its purest form is about love. It’s about those first moments of meeting someone new and the adventures that you are about to go on together, but also those first moments of conflict and how you pull together to get through those harder moments,” says vocalist Pete Herbert.

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You Me At Six announce 2023 UK Tour

Welcome everyone to another edition of our weekly music News Report, where we roundup the best news from the past week. This week we start off with tour announcements and the above run of dates from You Me At Six.

The band will be joined by Waterparks, The Maine and Bears In Trees for the tour that finishes up at Alexandra Palace in London.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘SUCKAPUNCH’ from You Me At Six

Beans On Toast sets up 2023 Tour

The fantastic Beans On Toast this week revealed another lengthy trek around the UK for early next year.

Speaking about the upcoming tour Beans says: 

“Folk music is an age-old art form, and it’s more relevant than ever in these wild and crazy modern times. You can expect an inspiring and entertaining gig, a relaxed and fun affair that leaves you feeling like you’ve met up with an old friend, and you’re all the better for it.”

Tickets are here.

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Bowling For Soup reveal December dates

Bowling For Soup have revealed that they will be returning to the UK and Ireland this December for three shows.

Special Guests will be As December Falls and Thomas Nicholas Band.

Tickets are here.

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Kodaline reveal intimate UK Tour

Kodaline have announced a special intimate run of UK shows in support of their forthcoming stripped-back live album ‘Our Roots Run Deep’, out October 14th.

Speaking about the tour the band say, “We can’t wait to be back in the UK to bring you some super intimate shows to celebrate the release of Our Roots Run Deep with some of our favourite Independent Music stores around the country. These will be some of the smallest shows we’ve done in a long time and we cannot wait to see you there.”

Marking the announcement they have also released the new single ‘Wherever You Are’ taken from the album. You can check it our below.

Kodaline – ‘Wherever You Are’

Regarding ‘Wherever You Are’ vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Steve Garrigan says, “‘Wherever You Are’ is a song I originally wrote as a present for my girlfriend. It’s a newer song from our fourth album One Day At A Time. It’s connected with a lot of people around the world and has been fun to play live at festivals and full band shows. It was great to hear the crowd singing along to this acoustic version in such an intimate setting. It’s a moment we won’t forget.
 
Continuing about the album the band say, “This album is something we’ve wanted to do for a very long time, it’s also something entirely new to us. It’s a stripped-down acoustic show with no click, which basically means, it’s very raw and unfiltered. We wanted to try and capture the energy and atmosphere of the night as best we could. It was an intimate show recorded in one of our favourite venues in the world, in Dublin City at home in Ireland. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed playing it.”

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Burn It Down Festival adds Wargasm as special guests

Our News Report turns now to festivals and Torquay event Burn It Down, who this week added Wargasm as special guests.

They join a stunning line-up featuring Trash Boat, Deaf Havana, Static Dress, Our Hollow Our Home, Cassyette, VUKOVI, Tigercub, Death Blooms, As December Falls, Salem, Haggard Cat, IOTA and many more!

Tickets are here.

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Smith/Kotzen announce new release ‘Better Days… And Nights’

Smith/Kotzen – ‘Hate and Love’ (Live)

New music releases now as our News Report continues. We start with the Smith/Kotzen collaboration and their news this week that they will be releasing ‘Better Days… And Nights’ on September 16th!

The release will comprise five previously unreleased live tracks, plus for the first time ever on CD, the four studio tracks featured on their sold out, limited edition 12” vinyl EP, ‘Better Days’, released in conjunction with Record Store Day in November 2021.

Adrian Smith comments, “I think everyone in the band was extremely happy with how our very first tour turned out. We were all naturally a little anxious as we’d never played live together before but once we got out there, everything fell into place really easily and we all had a tremendous amount of fun. I can’t wait until we can do it again and get to play in many more places next time round.” 
 
Richie Kotzen adds,  “We spent a lot of time discussing which of the songs from the live show to include on this CD. We wanted to capture an accurate snapshot of the special vibe we all felt on the tour and I think we’ve achieved this in the songs we’ve selected, and hope our fans will agree. We’re looking forward to seeing everybody again on future tours.” 

Pre-order your copy here.

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The Hunna debut ‘Trash’

The Hunna – ‘Trash’

The Hunna have announced their brand new self-titled album to be released on October 28th. The album is preceded by new single, ‘Trash’, which you can listen to above.

“We had so much fun writing the lyrics,” recalls vocalist and guitarist Ryan Potter. “All of us were together, joking around and letting loads out. Even though it has got an angst to it, we don’t take life too seriously, we’re just having fun.
 
“We’re not calling anyone specific out, it’s just overall industry suckiness. It highlights things we’ve experienced in the industry over the years and things we see going on and hear about now. There’s a lot of bad shit that still goes on in the industry and a lot of it gets swept under the rug. But we’re in the position where we’re on our fourth album, we feel refreshed and confident and this is what we’re going to say. You either like it or you don’t, it’s cool either way. We are who we are.”

Pre-order your copy here.

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Charlotte Wessels shares new single ‘Human To Ruin’

Charlotte Wessels – ‘Human To Ruin’

Charlotte Wessels will release her new album, ‘Tales From Six Feet Under Vol II’ on October 7th. This week saw Wessels share the second single from the album, ‘Human To Ruin’, which you can check out above.

On the song, Charlotte comments,

“With ‘Human To Ruin’ I wanted to make a song that has an old school symphonic feel to it, but at the same time doesn’t get too polished or “pretty” to reflect the theme of the track. The vocal processing on the choruses is inspired by 90’s grunge and the instrumental middle part gives off something psychedelic, all in all it’s quite eclectic.
 
Thematically, the words in ‘Human To Ruin’ are the things you say to yourself when you feel undeserving of love, or when you feel like you want love just for selfish reasons. I felt compelled to indulge in this feeling without nuancing it, because when you exaggerate a feeling like that, or make it larger than life in a song, it allows you to shout out the frustration on the one hand but it also reminds you that it is probably not all THAT bad in reality.”

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The Wonder Years share ‘Low Tide’

The Wonder Years – ‘Low Tide’

Next in our News Report, we head to The Wonder Years, who continue to build towards their new album, ‘The Hum Goes On Forever’, which is released on September 23rd.

This week the band shared their latest single, ‘Low Tide’, which you can listen to above.

“This is my pandemic depression song. I feel like everyone gets one.”. The Wonder Years vocalist Dan Campbell describes the band’s new song out today with unflinching honesty.

“It’s searching for some semblance of normalcy through small, newly formed rituals. It’s being unsure if I’ll ever get to do the thing I love again, if live music will ever come back. It’s deciding to just give up and then deciding not to give up and then deciding to give up again in alternating intervals. It’s watching old movies and unconsciously thinking “Oh my god, where are your masks?” when people are in public places because a deep anxiety now exists within me that may never fully leave. You know, all the normal stuff.”

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Gun release brand new version of ‘Word Up’

Gun – ‘Word Up’ feat. The Sisterhood

Glaswegian rockers Gun have this week released a brand new version of their seminal single, ‘Word Up’, which you can listen to above.

It’s the latest track to be cut from their upcoming album, ‘The Calton Songs’, out 14th October.

Jools Gizzi says of the album:

“When the pandemic hit we realised that it was the perfect time to try and counteract the bleakness that was all around. It felt like we couldn’t write anything, or of course tour. Out of that darkness came a desire to completely rework these songs that we know the fans love, and bring a different, stripped down vibe”.

Whilst Dante Gizzi adds:

“It’s ironic that those feelings of negativity led to something so positive, a celebration of our career up to now”.

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Bullet for My Valentine debut ‘No More Tears To Cry’

Bullet For My Valentine – ‘No More Tears To Cry’

Bullet For My Valentine this week shared their new single, ‘No More Tears To Cry’, which you can listen to above.

More here.

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Chris Shiflett shares ‘Long, Long Year’

Chris Shiflett – ‘Long, Long Year’

Foo Fighter Chris Shiflett this week debuted new solo track, ‘Long, Long Year’, which you can listen to above.

More here.

Read our review of ‘Medicine At Midnight’ from Foo Fighters

Kasabian share ‘THE WALL’

Kasabian – ‘THE WALL’

Finally in our News Report this week, Kasabian, who will release their new album, ‘THE ALCHEMIST’S EUPHORIA’, on August 12th.

This week they debuted the latest single, ‘THE WALL’, which you can listen to above.

Pre-order your copy here.

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noyou – ‘The Way You See Me’

noyou have shared the first single, ‘The Way You See Me’, from their upcoming debut EP, ‘This Game We Started’!

“‘The Way You See Me’ tells a story of long lost relationships and their eventual reunion, from the perspective of a not so perfect person. Friends, Family & lovers, will things be the same after time has had its way with us? Or has the distance changed us too much?”- NOYOU front man Connor Jobes.

Final Stair – ‘Headgames’

Final Stair release their very intimate single, ‘Headgames’.

The band comments: “Istvan, the band’s singer, fell into a severe life crisis a few years ago and suffered from extreme panic attacks and an intense anxiety disorder that took complete control of his body, soul and everyday life. He was guided only by the fear of fear. This vicious circle ended in alcohol and depression and in mind games that made him a helpless person. He developed into a small, helpless boy who could no longer cope with his life.

This song tells the story of this disease on the one hand, but also contains the strength to overcome it and to learn to live with it. With this song, the band wants to draw attention to the fact that there are many people among us who suffer from depression and similar illnesses. With “Headgames” they want to say: you are not alone!”

Oxbowlake – ‘Louis Theroux’

Oxbowlake unleash their latest track, ‘Louis Theroux’, on the world.

“Our latest single ‘Louis Theroux’ was released Friday 22nd July.

We wrote it in lockdown 2020 and it was inspired by the thought of partners not coping spending too much time together and arguing over watching too much TV! When some of their most magical moments were probably snuggled up watching TV together!

Recorded and produced by George Marriot of Pet Needs and includes group chants of ‘Theroux Theroux’ by Johnny Marriot, their partners and ourselves.” 

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Bruce Springsteen announced for BST

Welcome one and all to another edition of our weekly music News Report!

We start this week with some huge news from Bruce Springsteen, who will be arriving back in the UK next summer for four massive shows.

Springsteen will headline two nights at the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park, and will also play stadium shows in Edinburgh and Birmingham.

Tickets for all shows can be found here.

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Bob Dylan announces UK Tour

As we move into the tour announcement segment of our News Report, we also move onto another legendary artist.

Yes, Bob Dylan has announced that he will play a UK Tour this October including a run at the London Palladium.

Tickets are here.

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Creeper set for special Roundhouse show

There was a special announcement this past week from Creeper, as the band revealed a special one night stand at Camden’s famous Roundhouse venue.

Remaining tickets are here.

Read our review of Creeper live in London

We Are The Ocean return for London show

Speaking also of special one off London shows, this week saw the return of We Are The Ocean who revealed that they will play at OMEARA in the capital this October!

Tickets are here.

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October Drift announce new UK Tour

October Drift continue to prepare for the release of their second album, ‘I Don’t Belong Anywhere’ on October 14th.

With that in mind the band this week announced details of the album tour set to follow the album release this October.

Tickets and pre-orders are here.

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Rolo Tomassi set for the Electric Ballroom

Another band opting for a one off London date is Rolo Tomassi, who will be gracing the Electric Ballroom in Camden next year.

Tickets are here.

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The Snuts reveal UK + Ireland Tour dates

New indie favourites The Snuts also announced a lengthy UK and Ireland tour this past week.

The band will head out on the road this October in support of new album, ‘Burn The Empire’, which is out on October 7th.

Tickets and pre-orders are here.

Read our review of The Snuts live in Colchester

Kris Barras Band to hit the road in 2023

The final tour announcement in our News Report this week is a lengthy one from Kris Barras Band.

Barras and co will be hitting the road very hard early next year concluding with a show at The Garage in London.

Tickets are here.

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Within Temptation debut video for ‘Don’t Pray For Me’

Within Temptation – ‘Don’t Pray For Me’

We move our News Report on now to the best music releases from the past week and begin with the new video from Within Tempation. You can check out ‘Don’t Pray For Me’, above.

Vocalist Sharon den Adel comments: “‘Don’t Pray For Me’ strives against forcing beliefs and fears onto others and bears witness to being acceptive of everyone’s own journey. It is an anthem about coming to terms with the fact that beliefs can be fluid, multiple or frankly: different. The song is about allowing people to pursue their own destiny.”

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Architects share new single ‘tear gas’

Architects – ‘tear gas’

There was a surprise for Architects fans this week as the band shared their new single, ‘tear gas’, which you can check out above.

They also announced a new album, ‘the classic symptoms of a broken spirit’, will arrive on October 21st!

Pre-order your copy here.

Read our review of Architects live in Norwich

Disturbed debut ‘Hey You’

Disturbed – ‘Hey You’

Disturbed also had new music on offer this week as they debuted new single, ‘Hey You’, which you can listen to above.

More info here.

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Skid Row debut new single ‘Tear It Down’

Skid Row – ‘Tear It Down’

Finally our News Report concludes the week’s releases with the new single from Skid Row. Listen to their latest track, ‘Tear It Down’, above.

“’Tear It Down’ is about breaking down barriers, because coexisting isn’t about building walls, it’s about getting rid of them.” – Rachel Bolan

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IOTA – ‘Take It’

Bristol-based rock five-piece IOTA share their new single, ‘Take It’.

Speaking about the single, the band reveal, “Take It was inspired by the fight with yourself in a multitude of circumstances, work, relationships, socially and mentally. The continuum of holding yourself back and having this other side to yourself that is constantly telling you, “you aren’t good enough, you won’t make anything of yourself”.

The persistent reminder of how well everyone else is doing, social media controlling us and having a huge effect on us mentally. Constantly taking that push back and battling with your own mind as if it is a whole other person inside of you.

We wrote the song during and before lockdown with Lee Kiernan who helped us build on the track instrumentally and melodically.”

Rosen Bridge – ‘Watchers’

UK Metal outfit Rosen Bridge make their return with a punishing new offering titled ‘Watchers’. The Welsh originated 5-piece have teamed up with vocalist Jot Maxi of the formidable Hacktivist on the track.

“We were privileged to have Jot Maxi feature on the track having been huge fans of Hacktivist for some time. The song continues the sound we’ve established in our recent singles, pairing an intense heaviness with big melodic moments. We enjoyed experimenting with lots of dark electronic sounds in the track as well, with platinum producer Andrew Wade bringing the cohesiveness we needed in the final mix” – Alex Woodall, vocalist.

“It’s crazy that they (Rosen Bridge) approached me to feature on a song that’s about corruption within organised religion because I actually spent the first 26 years of my life in a cult! In fact, I didn’t find the true God of the bible until very recently… So, directing my verse against false, man-made and twisted religions that are designed to glorify humans instead of God was very natural for me, as I obviously have a lot of passion for the subject!” – Jot Maxi of Hacktivist.

Trashed – ‘Memories’

Bristol-based emo punk-rock three-piece Trashed have released their new single ‘Memories’, the third single taken from their debut full-length album due later this year.

Speaking about the single, the band state, “Memories came together very quickly. It’s about trying too hard to let go of someone while your brain clings tighter and tighter to them. Of course written during a dose of heartbreak Jimmy was going through, it’s relatable and sincere… and will probably stick in your head like heartache does.” 

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